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Ordinary 31 (Proper 26)

Let us pray (in silence) [that God’s love strengthen us to do God’s will]

Pause

Almighty and merciful God, [or Living God or Eternal God]
it is your gift alone
by which your faithful people
offer you true and laudable service,
grant, we beseech you,
that we may run, without stumbling, towards your promises;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The above is part of my attempt to provide a set of collects with history and commentary.

This translates the Latin original we have been praying for over a thousand years:

Omnipotens et misericors Deus, de cuius munere venit, ut tibi a fidelibus tuis digne et laudabiliter serviatur: tribue, quaesumus, nobis; ut ad promissiones tuas sine offensione curramus.

Leonine Sacramentary (#574) Masses for July. Gelasian Sacramentary (#1206) for one of the Sunday Masses. Gregorian supplement (#1165) for the thirteenth Sunday after the Pentecost octave. Sarum and all BCPs to 1928 had it for the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.

Cranmer translated this as:

ALMYGHTIE and mercyfull God, of whose onely gifte it cometh that thy faythfull people doe unto thee true and laudable service; graunte we beseche thee, that we may so runne to thy heavenly promises, that we faile not finally to attayne the same; through Jesus Christe our Lorde.

[Obsolete] ICEL 1973 translated this for Roman Catholics as:

God of power and mercy, only with your help can we offer you fitting service and praise. May we live the faith we profess and trust your promise of eternal life.

In the failed 1998 English Missal translation:

Almighty and merciful God,
from whom every blessing flows,
only by your gift
do your people offer you fitting service and praise; grant, we beseech you,
that we may hasten without stumbling
toward the joys that you promise.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

The 2011 Roman Catholic translation, prayed on the same day as Episcopalians/Anglicans and others, is:

Almighty and merciful God,
by whose gift your faithful offer you
right and praiseworthy service,
grant we pray, that we may hasten without stumbling
to receive the things you have promised.
Through our Lord…

The Book of Common Prayer (TEC) p.235 has it as:

Almighty and merciful God,
it is only by your gift
that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service:
Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Munus – a service, office, post (in Greek leitourgia liturgy) – civic work for others (or God). Or – a present, a gift.

Offensio (cf offendo) – a striking against, a stumbling.

We pray that we might run without stumbling – save us from the time of trial. The revisers of the 1662 BCP altered the ending so significantly as to change its meaning:

ALMIGHTY and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; Grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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